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George Washington 81, La Salle 72

WASHINGTON -- Lasan Kromah scored 22 points and Dwayne Smith added a career-high 21 to lead George Washington to an 81-72 win over La Salle on Wednesday night.

Joseph Katuka's layup put the Colonials (15-11, 5-8 Atlantic 10 Conference) ahead 61-60 with 8:39 to go, their first lead since the 15:08 mark.

George Washington pushed the lead to as many as five, before the Explorers (11-16, 3-10) tied it with 4:43 remaining.

However, Kromah hit a free throw, Smith a dunk and Kromah followed with a layup to put the Colonials ahead for good, 72-67, with 3:24 left.

Katuka finished with 10 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for George Washington, which snapped a four-game losing streak to La Salle.

Rodney Green scored 21 points to lead La Salle, which lost its seventh straight.

The Explorers shot just 17.6 percent from 3-point range in the second half.